Monday, 25 March 2019

* Vera Lane Studio: Bow Bee and Friends


I decided to work in miniature this week for my DT post for Vera Lane Sudio. Probably not the best choice since my last pair of decent scissors have gone walkabout. I ended up using tiny embroidery scissors, so apologies for the 'rough' fussy cutting :)  Looking on the positive side - I can now go craft shopping with a purpose!

So, this week I have used the Bow Bee and Friends collage sheet. Although this comes as a coloured pdf sheet and is ready to print, it can still be resized and flipped horizontally for making back to back projects like the paper clips below:

I inserted the collage sheet into PowerPoint (Word would work just as well) and sized it down to what I wanted. When I was happy with the size, I copied and pasted the sheet and then flipped the copied sheet horizontally. Next came the fun part - fussy cutting with the embroidery scissors! Once the images were cut out, I went around the edges with a black Copic marker to disguise any cutting imperfections. I also coloured the edges of the back of the images in black, so that when they were glued together any overlapping would not be as noticeable.
I added red double sided tape to both images and secured the paperclip with more tape. I added some Cosmic Shimmer glue and stuck the two Bow Bees together. I gave her Glossy Accent eyes and stripes and Diamond Stickles on her wings and eye flower. The front and back of each paperclip is identical.  She is beautiful, I think!

Next I made a couple of key ring fobs. I found the wooden fobs, which are 31mm x 50mm, in the children's section of my local craft store:

The ring was removed from the fob so that the fob could be decorated. The background is a gelli print on ordinary photo copier paper. I cut it out slightly larger than my key fob rectangle and adhered it with matt medium.  When it was dry, I sanded around the edges with an emery board nail file and this removed the excess paper and chamfered the edges. More matt medium was applied. The elements from Bow Bee were fussy cut and edged with black Copic pen, then adhered to the background and coated with more matt medium. Glossy Accents and Stickles were added for some texture. The back of each keyring is just the plain gelli print.

Finally, I had some printed Journal Cards in my VLS stash, so I glued two sets back to back and ran around the edges in black ink. I added some of the Bow Bee and Friends elements.

Bow Bee and Friends        Planner/Journal Cards

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. 
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!


Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Moving Along with the Times Bugs 27/03
Digi Choosday #12 AG 26/03
A Gem Of A Challenge #5 AG 28/03 (#2)
Crafting With Friends #1 AG 29/03 (#2)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #102 AG 31/03 (#2)
Crafting with an Attitude #49 AG 31/03 (#2)
The Crafty Addicts #58 AG/Embellish It  02/04
Creative Fingers #160 AG 04/03 (#2)
Pile It On #152 Rainbow 06/04 (#2)



  1. Oh my, what patience you have, Carole! Your miniatures are lovely - am in love with those key fob!
    Hugs Monica

  2. These are some super makes, thanks for joining us at MAWTT. Xxxx

  3. these are all looking super cute Carole
    Gr Karin

  4. Hi Carole your makes are stunning I love them all. Have fun looking for Craft scissors you might find some other bits too. Just saying, Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. These are just brilliant, Carole! What fun designs. xx

  6. oh these are adotable!!! What great work. Love those images and your coloring is great!!! Thanks for joining us at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges for our latest challenge.  {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges}Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara

  7. Bow Bee's friends are pure delight Carole, and each item is so beautifully and vibrantly colored! Thanks for sharing your crafty projects at the Moving Along With the Times Challenge Blog, and for supporting us. We hope you will visit again. Wishes for a wonderful day.
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  8. This is adorable! love the colors makes me feel so happy. Thank you for play with us at Pink Gems Challenge. Good Luck with your entry.

  9. What a beautiful blog you have, you got a new follower. =)

  10. What a great project! Such fun designs and gorgeous bright colors! Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Choosday good luck and hope to see you again!

    Jennifer, DT

  11. Lovely project Thankyou for joining us at MAWTT xx


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